The festival, formerly known as The Kate O’Brien Weekend, began in 1984 to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Limerick-born Kate O’Brien. The event continues to celebrate the life and works of the author, while attracting prominent participants from all over the world. It is an inspiring mix of both discourse and discussion.
Traditionally the event is announced as part of the festival weekend however the organising committee have decided, with much deliberation and consideration, to re-schedule this year’s festival into the summer. The Festival will now take place on the weekend of 18th and 19th June in venues to be announced soon. The festival for much of the last 38 years has taken place during the last weekend in February, however due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty around capacity and restrictions on live events we have taken this difficult decision to move the festival. While the festival took place successfully online in 2021 we are reluctant to present a full virtual festival again this year. We are, instead, committed to presenting live opportunities for readers and writers alike to come together in the warm welcoming environment of Limerick City. We are confident that by moving the event to the summer time we will have a greater chance of being able to celebrate the festival together in person as in years past.
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We hope to see you in June at the 2022 festival, which will celebrate writers, artists, books and readers.
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